2015 Summer Training Weekend

2015 Summer Training Weekend – Grandmaster Howard’s School

Following recent years’ very successful events, ITF 7th Degrees  Master Robert Howard and Master Mark O’Donnell, will be conducting another action packed training weekend on the 8th  and 9th of August in Dublin. The two days of training will cover all aspects of Taekwon-Do and give a special emphasis on real applications of the techniques in self-defence situations.  Topics to be covered include fundamental movements, patterns, sparring, kicking and stretching, flying techniques, self-defence and knife self-defence, making it a complete Taekwon-Do weekend. Training is open to Black Belts and Colour Belts (9th kup up) who are 12 years and older from all Taekwon-Do schools and associations.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to train with 2 ITF Masters for 2 days.


Venue: St Joseph’s School for the Deaf, Navan Rd, Dublin  7.


Date: Saturday 8th August (10 am to 5 pm), Sunday 9th August (10am to 3pm).


Closing date: Monday 3rd August


Cost: €60 (€50 RITA members)

Contact: 087-6987624, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Event Poster Available Here


Application Form available Here

June Gradings

Grading Dates in June



Dear Parents,

Your child will be grading for the next stripe / belt in the middle of June (dates below). I have given them a home practice sheet which they must study in preparation for the grading. It is important that they start now to learn (off by heart) all their Korean words, Taekwon-Do code and goals. Please spend a little bit of time every day to help your child prepare for the grading.


The dates of the grading for each class group are below.


Tigers (6-8 years) Grading

Friday 12th June (3-5pm) – Friday Tigers grading – Cabra Parkside Community Centre

Saturday 13th June (10-11 am) – Saturday Tigers grading – St Joseph’s

Tuesday 16th June (7- 8 pm) – Tuesday Tigers grading - St Joseph’s


All Dragons (9-11 years) Grading

Friday 12th June (7-9pm) – St Joseph’s School for the Deaf, Navan Road, Dublin 7.



We will be holding a graduation ceremony for all Tigers who turn 9 years old before September and who will move up to the Dragons class, and for all Dragons who turn 12 years old and will be moving to the Young Teens class. The graduation will be held on Friday 19th June (7-9pm), I will give you more details closer to the date but please mark it in your diary.


Teen and Adult Grading:

Saturday 27th June (10-12pm) – St Joseph’s School for the Deaf, Navan Road, Dublin 7.

EITF European Championships Italy 2015

EITF European Championships Italy 2015


Mr Leon McSherry Pictured with Master Howard


Congratulations to Mr Leon McSherry from Grandmaster Howard's Dojang in Cabra on his Bronze medal in 4th Degree Patterns today at the EITF European Championships in Italy. It was a close semi final with Mr McSherry narrowly losing to the Greek representative. A fabulous showing from Mr McSherry bringing him his third European medal.


Congratulations from all Instructors and Students at Grandmaster Howard's Dojang.

Tigers & Dragons Instructors’ Course

This course is designed as an introduction to the RITA's Childrens development Programme also known as the Taekwon-Do Tigers and Dragons programme. It is aimed at instructors, black belts who want to teach, and adult colour belts who want to assist in the teaching of, the Tigers and Dragons classes in their school. The approved Tigers (6-8 years) and Dragons (9-11 years) programme is an alternative syllabus for young children with the aim of long term development of their flexibility, strength and Taekwon-Do techniques. This syllabus has proved very popular in the RITA schools which have adopted it and there has been a significant increase in the membership of these schools as a direct result. [Please note this new syllabus is an alternative syllabus for RITA schools who wish to avail of it. It is up to the Senior Instructor in each school whether they wish to teach the traditional syllabus or the recognised Tigers & Dragons syllabus to younger members]

The RITA's National Beginner's Month is this September so why not come along on the 15th and see if the syllabus can benefit your school!

Qualification: Black belt participants will receive a RITA Tigers & Dragons Instructor qualification (D Class Certificate) which will qualify them to teach the Tiger and Dragons syllabus. Adult colour belts will receive a RITA Tigers & Dragons Assistant qualification which will qualify them to assist a black belt instructor in the teaching of the Tiger and Dragons syllabus.

Course Content

  • New developments and overview of Tigers and Dragons syllabus
  • Outline of the aims, skills, learning activities, goals, assessments, grading system of both the tigers' and dragons' programme.
  • Explanation of the 3 year cycle in both programmes
  • Practical advice for teaching 6-8 year olds and 9 to 11 year olds
  • Practice teaching the two syllabi
  • Games and teaching exercises for young children
  • Motivating young children
  • Organising demos, fun challenges and gradings for Tigers and Dragons
  • Useful equipment for teaching children (sources of equipment)

All participants will receive a Pack setting out the full syllabus in detail, including easy-to-follow Class Plans, teaching plans, assessments, advertising material and everything you need to get the Tigers & Dragons Programme up and running in your school.

Open to: RITA instructors, adult black belts and adult Colour Belts (6th Kup+)


Dowload Information Flyer Here

Download Application Form Here

Topaz Stamps

Hi All


The dealine for Topaz Cash for Clubs is the start of May . Can anyone who has stamps or cards return them to your instructor, this week if possible or next week at the latest.


Many thanks for assiting and hopefully we can make the required 300 stamps.



Master Howard